MDC-T acting president Thokozani Khupe has been dumped by her long-time aide Witness Dube, who has thrown his weight behind secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora.
Dube is convinced that Mwonzora, rather than Khupe has what it takes to confront ZANU PF head-on. The Standard quoted its source as having said:
Dube is supporting Mwonzora because he believes he is the better candidate, has better leadership skills and stands a better chance against Zanu PF, but he has received a backlash and is now facing threats of violence from those in Bulawayo, who feels he is betraying his former boss and the Matabeleland region.
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Dube confirmed that he was backing Mwonzora and his decision has not gone well with Khupe’s supporters who are accusing him of sexism. Said, Dube:
I think from the people that are throwing their hats into the ring Mwonzora has a better skill set, he is more tolerant and shrewd.
I can’t be called a sexist and a sellout for my choice.
I served Khupe for 10 years and I think this sense of entitlement should just not be part of our politics.
We need leadership that can unite the party and allow us to move on.
Meanwhile, former MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu on Saturday said there was a need for Khupe and MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa to find each other otherwise the MDC will self-destruct.